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DIY Air conditioning, good idea or not?

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016

It’s been a long hot summer as predicted and it’s not over yet. We still have one third of summer still to come and we all know that March can also be hot. While we are currently experiencing some milder days just now, don’t lulled into a false sense of security.

When the temperature soars some people will do anything to get cool, as the video shows.

So you are thinking about air conditioning your home here are some things to think about:

1. Decision time – There are a number of different types of air conditioning from portable systems to fully ducted reverse cycle systems.Which will be best for you? You first need to decide what your needs are and what sort of budget you have. Your home is, for most, the biggest investment you have, so if you have the budget don’t scrimp. However if you only have a few hundred to spend then a portable unit may be better than nothing. It least it will allow you to sleep at night.

Next step up is a single room High Wall Spilt System Room air conditioner or an in window unit. While these will not cool multiple rooms it will effectively cool the intended area. From here your next step up is a ducted system and here again there are choices. You can select from either an evaporative system or refrigerated reverse cycle. Now there are pros and cons for each. Reverse cycle will heat you home in winter as well as cool it  in summer. Evaporative systems are cheaper to buy and run however will only cool you home. (see What is Evaporative Air Conditioning video) however evaporative can be teamed with ducted gas heating. (see Ducted Gas Heating and Evaporative Air Conditioning video)

2.Size – Yes it does matter when it comes to air conditioning. Too small a unit will struggle on the really hot days so far better to get a system that can cope than spend a less and be disappointed ( see What size air conditioning do I need video)

3 – It’s in the stars – Energy star ratings are there to guide you as to the efficiency of the unit. Remember no point in having  an air conditioning system if you can’t afford to run. For argument sake you may need a 6kw system to cool your home now the price will vary between brands.  As a rule of thumb the cheaper the unit the less efficient it will be.  (see Energy Star Rating video)

4 – Shop around – The only way you’ll if a price is realistic is if you shop around however it is critical that you compare apples with apples.

5 – Talk to those who install systems as well as sell them. The so called box moves just want to sell you a unit, where as someone who is going to sell you the unit and install it too has a vested interest in making sure you are buying the right unit in the first place.

Is your house going to be a Sauna today?

Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016

Gas Works have great deals on air conditioning.
When it comes to home comfort solutions Gas Works air home climate experts.

Whether you are looking for a single room solution or a whole of home ducted systems the team at Gas Works have a system to suit your needs and budget.

When it come to your home you want to invest wisely and install a system that will do want it needs to do. So often people buy a unit get it installed only to find that it doesn’t do what it needs to do.

Gas Works carry top brand names like Rinnai, Panasonic, Breezair and Braemar. Evaporative or reverse cycle? Not sure then check out the Better Living Videos on air conditioning. Gas Works can show you the best and are Climate Masters of Seeley International and Panasonic Specialist Air Network dealers so you can buy with confidence.  Ask about their interest free options.

Choosing a tradie you can trust

Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014

Anyone who has had a home renovation, minor improvement or emergency requiring a tradie can usually tell you a disastrous story to go with it. From a botched job, high fees, being late or even plain failing to turn up. Gas Works offer quality installation with all the products we sell and by going through us you can avoid all the headaches associated with having to source your own tradesman. You will get the best service and care we can possibly give.

We pride ourselves on providing the best installation of all the products we sell and for this we need tip top tradesmen. In saying that, with decades of experience in the business, we also know how to tell a bad one and for that reason we thought it important to share, so when you are in desperate need of a tradie you can pick a pearler.

So if you are in need of a good tradie for a home renovation or DIY disaster, here are the key traits to look for.

Refer a friend

We all know often the best way to find something you need is to ask a friend who found it first! It is the same for picking the best tradie. Ask your friends if they have had good experiences anywhere lately and see if their contact can do the job you require. At Gas Works we love it when people come in off a referral a friend gave after they have a good experience with us, it is thoroughly rewarding!

Reading a book by its cover

As with any business it is important to take pride in your appearance. If you had a choice between a tradesman in an old dented van, wearing torn, paint splattered overalls and a tradesman in a well maintained vehicle, in a clean uniform, you are more likely to trust the latter. If a tradesman takes care of his appearance and possessions he is more likely to take pride in the job he does for you too.

Sticking to schedule

A good tradie is always on time or they will let you know when they aren’t. Many people waiting for a tradesman to come to their home have had to take time off work to do so and appreciate when a tradesperson is conscientious of this. It is a courteous person who maintains their schedule or notifies of changes. A tradie who will answer their phone and keep you in the loop is more likely to complete a job with the care and precision you would like to see.

The whole kit and caboodle

Having all the latest tech doesn’t necessarily indicate a tradie is good at their job but having a good quality set of tools can tell you a few things. Firstly, it is promising to see an organised tradesman, who cares for their tools and can access their tools without having to scavenge through the piles on the van floor. Secondly there are tools out there that have added safety and bonus features that can ensure the job is made easier, such as dust free drilling. Many good quality tools also mean the job can be done quicker too, for example laser technology for levelling and measuring can certainly reduce the time needed to spent lining things up!

The proof is in the pudding

When choosing a tradesmen for a big job, there is no harm in asking to see some examples of similar jobs they have done in the past. Whether it be some photos on their phone or even an address to check it out in person. Most will be more than happy to share but if they aren’t, alarm bells should be ringing. it might even give you some more ideas of how you would like your new renovation to look.

Get it in writing

When you are procuring a tradesman make sure you get a written quote, ensure you can understand all the elements that need to take place and ask for an estimated time of completion to be written on the quote too. It is also very important that for any substantial work that the tradesman visits you house to do the quote, this will lessen the chance of any nasty unexpected costs.

Don’t play with fire

Home improvements are important business. You want yours to last and you want to make sure you are covered for anything that might happen while it is being built. For that reason you need to make sure your tradies are insured. Those who aren’t might be able to quote you a cheaper rate but it is risky business and if anything were to go wrong it will end up costing you a lot more. When scouting for your preferred tradesman ask to see their insurance documents and make sure the business name and contact details are correct. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Now you are skilled up to hire your next tradesman! But if you are looking for an air conditioner, heating, hot water system or kitchen appliances then buy from Gas Works, we will take the utmost care in installing your new purchase.

How efficient are gas heaters [VIDEO]

Posted on Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sure you would love a Gas Log fire, but you want to know how efficient they are and what works best...

Check out this episode of Gas Works Better Living.

Gas heating is a reliable and efficient way to heat your home.

It is a more affordable energy source, compared to electricity, and it is more environmentally friendly as it produces less carbon. Plus, some gas heaters have close to 6 star efficiency ratings, which means you can be sure you are saving money as well as the environment when heating your home.

There are three types of gas heating you can investigate;

To find the most efficient gas heating solution, compare the input kilowatt rating on each of your options. The energy rating will help you with that, the numbers on the sticker show the energy consumption. 

If you liked this video you might be interested in learning more about ducted gas heating or energy ratings.

8 Cooking Hacks For Efficient Foodsmiths

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013

One thing the majority of people do every day is cook! For some it is a task we’d like to spend the least amount of time doing, while still whipping up a nice meal. We’ve put together 8 cooking hacks to help make your more efficient and produce better meals in the kitchen!

8 Cooking Hacks:

1. Remove fats from soups/stews/casseroles with ice cubes.

cooking hacks 

Want an easy way to remove those liquid fats that sit on the top of soups, stews and casseroles? Just drop a couple of ice cubes into the pot and watch the fats come together and congeal near the ice cubes due to the temperature change. Now you can easily scoop it all out!

 

2. Prevent over-boiling with a wooden spoon.

wooden spoon over boiling pan 

Do your pots and pans tend to boil over when you’re cooking? Don’t worry it happens to the best of us! One way to stop it from happening is to rest a wooden spoon across the middle of the pot or pan. It might sound too good to be true but it works!

 

3. Put onions in the freezer before chopping to minimise tears.

no tears onion in freezer 

Don’t have a pair of swimming goggles lying around? Now worries. To minimise tears from cutting onions, place them in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before dicing them up. Make sure you don’t forget them in the freezer!

 

4. Microwave garlic to make it easy to peel.

easy peel microwave garlic husks 

Peeling garlic isn’t a hard task, but it can take longer than actually want to spend doing it. If the husks are a bit hard to peel off then throw them in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. This will make some of the moisture within the garlic come to the surface making the husk slide right off with a little squeeze from one end. It’s a great cooking hack that won’t change the flavour of the garlic in the process.

 

5. Use an ice cream scoop to deseed vegetables like squash & pumpkin.

deseed pumpkin with ice cream scoop 

Got a stack of pumpkin and squash to cook, or just want a more efficient way of easily taking out their innards? Why not try an ice cream scoop! It is the perfect size to get into the small area, while the flat edge of the scoop easily cuts away the innards from the flesh.

 

6. Use a bowl to cook crisp bacon in the microwave.

cook crispy bacon in the microwave 

Love bacon but don’t want to clean up the mess created by cooking it in a pan? Why not try the microwave! This unconventional method will produce nice crispy bacon every time. Just place a bowl upside down on a place, drape your bacon over the bowl and heat for 1 minute or more. It’ll produce great tasting bacon with the fats dripping off the edge of the bowl onto the plate. YUM.

 

7. Use an onion to clean your barbecue.

clean grill with onion 

Not a fan of using chemicals to clean your barbecue? Why not use an onion? Scrubbing half an onion over a heated barbecue plate or grill will remove the necessary grit and grime for clean cooking. It’s also a great green alternative that won’t cause any of those unwanted chemical smells.

 

8. Use a muffin tin to dispense condiments.

serve condiments in muffin tray 

Barbecues are great, lots of food, lots of friends and family but that also means lots of dirty dishes. To try and minimise the amount of washing, why not use a muffin tin to dispense condiments. A six muffin tin will reduce 5 bowls that would need to be washed if you didn’t use it. That’s a win in my book!

Do you have any other cooking hacks? Let us know in the comments below and if they’re deemed worthy we’ll add them to the list!

 

 Article by Nathan Hockley

9 Fair Dinkum Australia Day Recipes

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Australia Day Recipes Image 

January 26th is almost upon us and the weather outlook for the long weekend looks perfect. But now it’s time to figure out what Australia Day Recipes will we be cooking up for our guests. We’ve put together a list of 9 Fair Dinkum Australia Day Recipes you’ll want to eat all year round, and don’t worry  we’ve got you sorted through to dessert!

Australia Day Recipes

Lamb:

Australia day wouldn’t be the same without some tender lamb on your plate. Here are 3 amazing recipes for our 3 favourite cuts. Chops, the rack and the hearty roast.

Rosemary Lamb Chops with Grill Roasted Potatoes

Australia Day Lamb Chop Recipe

This fantastic recipe from Weber lets you use your kettle or conventional BBQ grill to cook these chops and potatoes to perfection. With prep and grilling time totalling around 50 minutes, you’ll have your guest’s mouths watering from the start. Make sure to brush clean the grill grates before putting the potatoes on. Click here for the recipe and cooking instructions.

Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb

Rack of Lamb for Australia Day

When prepared correctly, racks of lamb will not only taste amazing but also look beautiful. This recipe for Mustard Crusted Rock of Lamb is by Emeril Lagasse of The Essence of Emeril (On the Food Network). The recipe also includes fig chutney if you wish to indulge your guests even more! Click here for Emeril’s recipe and directions.

Roast Leg of Lamb

Roast Leg of Lamb Recipe

Lamb Roasts are an Australia Day Recipe staple for many families and with this easy recipe from Myfarelady on allrecipes.com.au you have no reason not to have it on your menu! With only 6 ingredients needed this simple yet succulent roast will definitely leave your guests wanting seconds. Click here for the recipe and directions on allrecipes.com.au.

Prawns:

We’ve all heard the phrase “Put another shrimp on the barbie”. Although it might make some of us cringe when said, we all know how good BBQ prawns taste.

Bronzed Ozzy Prawns

BBQ Prawns Recipe

Tony Iomazzo sent in an amazing recipe to Heat Beads that is an Australia say winner. Tony believes you should keep the shells on when grilling as the shell is loaded with flavour and especially when browned. Check out Tony’s recipe here. If you want to know the best way to peel and devein a prawn look no further.

Salads & Vegetables:

No Australia Day feast can do without mouth-watering salads and vegetables to compliment the hearty meats on show. Here are a few of our fresh picks for Australia Day.

Couscous Salad

Australia Day Couscous Salad

This fresh and healthy couscous salad will be finished within minutes. It is a very tasty side dish that takes just minutes to prepare. Take a look at the recipe and preparation method on food.ninemsn.com.au.

Spring Feta & Lamb Salad

Lamb and Feta Salad Recipe 

You can’t have a salad on Australia Day without infusing some lamb into it! This delicious spring feta and lamb salad recipe from Coles is a delight and with minimal prep and cooking time this makes it a very enticing dish. Check out the recipe here.

BBQ Corn with Chilli, Lime & Herb Butter

BBQ Corn Recipe

BBQ Corn on the cob is one of the best side dishes for complimenting lamb. Not only does it look great on the plate but with chilli, lime and herb butter it also tastes great. If you don’t like a little extra kick, no worries, just take the chilli out of the recipe! Enjoy this recipe from Katie Quinn Davies posted on homes.ninemsn.com.au.

Desserts:

We all know the next two Australia Day Recipe favourites. But this year, why not make them yourselves rather than purchasing them pre-prepared. Go on, have a go!

Lamingtons

Australia Day Lamingtons

This recipe from Donna Hay is a breeze! The best part is definitely the use of icing sugar with the desiccated coconut for that extra sweet flavour! Take a bite out of the recipe here.

Easy Pavlova

Australia day Pavlova Recipe

This traditional Pavlova recipe is definitely a main stay when it comes to the Australia Day menu. With a hard outer shell and soft meringue centre, this amazing dessert will be devoured with conversation at a minimum! This recipe was uploaded to sheknows.com.au by Lauren Parker, find more details here.

So there you have it, some of the most delicious Australia Day Recipes around. Of course we know you’ll have your family traditions so there is no need to cook ALL 9 recipes, but I’m sure there are a 2 or 3 you’d love to add to the menu.

Have any other Australia Day Recipes we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 Article by Nathan Hockley

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